The biggest names in Hollywood and Broadway recorded for AFRS during the war years, The
American Forces Network can trace its origins back to May 26, 1942,
when the War Department established the Armed Forces Radio Service
The U.S. Army began broadcasting from London during World War II, using equipment and studio facilities borrowed from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The first transmission to U.S. troops began at 5:45 p.m. on July 4, 1943 and included less than five hours of recorded shows, a BBC news and sports broadcast. That day, CorporalSyl Binkin
became the first U.S. Military broadcaster heard over the air. The